When Should You Start Planning a Swimming Pool?

Posted October 7, 2021 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, General, Hardware, Pool

Sadly, summer has come and gone. Some homeowners have enjoyed a nice dip in a cool new swimming pool in the Lehigh Valley on a hot summer day, some might still be on a waitlist, and many are just wondering who to call, how to begin the process of building a new swimming pool in the Lehigh Valley, and when is the right time to begin planning a new swimming pool.

There are many crucial steps you need to navigate in order to build a new swimming pool. You will need to review your local building codes, obtain building permits, interview and select a Lehigh Valley pool contractor, coordinate schedules, and more.

If you wait until spring to start thinking about building a new swimming pool you will probably end up feeling extremely frustrated when you find out there’s a long waitlist that will leave you watching construction at other homes all summer instead of enjoying your new pool. This is why we’re sharing 3 reasons you should start planning your new swimming pool today:

  • Take your time making decisions

If you wait until March to start thinking about your new pool in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, you could feel rushed when making decisions about your new pool’s shape, design, colors, landscaping, and other important details. This could leave you with a pool that looks out of place or doesn’t meet your lifestyle goals.


When it comes to swimming pools, we know that one size and shape does not fit all!  What suits the family next door may not work for the size of your lot or the style of your home. This is why we use our design experience and construction knowledge to help you determine the perfect pool size, shape, and style. Your custom, full-color, \3D design will make sure you never feel rushed making decisions about your new outdoor living space. With real, life-like imagery, you will see exactly how your new space will look and feel how the pool’s details will impact your space.


How to determine the best size and shape for your new swimming pool → 

  • Grass and landscaping can grow naturally

If you begin building your pool in the spring, your pool contractor will need to excavate, construction equipment will tear up your grass, and new landscaping will just begin growing once your pool is built. The lack of landscaping could leave your space feeling empty and lacking warmth.


Depending on the materials used, a pool project can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months However, the grass and other landscape details will need time to grow back in. Starting your new pool build in the fall will help curate spring landscaping that will complete the look and feel of your new outdoor living space once the weather breaks!



  • Properly plan your fencing

If you wait until after your pool is built to schedule the install of your new fence, you could run into issues like inventory delays, installation issues, or scheduling conflicts. This could result in rushed decisions about your new fence design and location. If you put your fence too close to the pool it will probably make your space feel confined and unwelcoming. However, how will you know if your fence is too far away?

We don’t think any part of designing your new outdoor living space should feel rushed and we want you to feel comfortable with every decision you make about your new space. This is why we help you design every aspect of your project upfront, take the time to explain and make sure you are comfortable with every decision, material selection, & aesthetic, and handle all the heavy lifting to complete your build. This ensures you never need to worry or stress about your build!

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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